There was a loud noise against Instagram new ToS yesterday that will take in effect on January 16 next year. The controversial paragraph about advertisement was the big blow to hardcore Instagram users especially hitting professional photography. The wordings were so vague and unclear. Today Kevin Systrom co-founder of Instagram issued an statement on their blog.
Quoting the important part below:
Advertising on Instagram From the start, Instagram was created to become a business. Advertising is one of many ways that Instagram can become a self-sustaining business, but not the only one. Our intention in updating the terms was to communicate that we’d like to experiment with innovative advertising that feels appropriate on Instagram. Instead it was interpreted by many that we were going to sell your photos to others without any compensation. This is not true and it is our mistake that this language is confusing. To be clear: it is not our intention to sell your photos. We are working on updated language in the terms to make sure this is clear.
Well, for me damage has been done and with the big money of facetagram (Facebook and Instagram) they should have carefully studied the ToS first before publishing it. I know their lawyers are aware of Facebook being so ‘careless’ about privacy policies and copyright issues. There is nothing wrong in monetizing their service but they should have done something like what Flickr and 500px is doing, the pro membership route. Let us see then what will happen on or before January 16.
Obviously I love Instagram and been hooked to it more than 2 years now. I’ve been sharing my photo musings (mostly smart phone photography) and discovered a lot of talented Instagrammers to check out once in awhile but if the ToS will be awfully the same then I guess I need to find another service. Flickr’s newly updated app is kinda cool and been playing with the app since yesterday.